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Deep Purple - Live On The BBC (2004) {Audio Fidelity Hybrid SACD}  Music

Posted by TestTickles at Aug. 9, 2017
Deep Purple - Live On The BBC (2004) {Audio Fidelity Hybrid SACD}

Deep Purple - Live On The BBC (2004) {Audio Fidelity Hybrid SACD}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 519 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 187 mb
Genre: classic rock, hard rock

Live On The BBC is a 2004 hybrid CD by British hard rock band Deep Purple. Remastered by Steve Hoffman for Audio Fidelity and released on 20 January, 2004, this is a rip of the CD (redbook) layer, so it omits the bonus track on the SACD layer, "Lucille".
Return to Forever - Musicmagic (1977) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016] Audio CD Layer

Return to Forever - Musicmagic (1977) Mastered by Kevin Gray, 2016
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 241 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 111 Mb | Scans included
Jazz Fusion | Label: Audio Fidelity, Columbia | # AFZ 250 | Time: 00:41:57

Musicmagic is Return to Forever's seventh and final studio album and one of the best jazz recordings released in the fusion genre. The album contains the final line-up of the band with only founders Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke returning from the previous recordings. This 1977 release was the first Return to Forever album in five years to contain vocals, performed here by Corea's future wife Gayle Moran and the surprisingly enjoyable Stanley Clarke. This album also marked the return of original member Joe Farrell on saxophone and flute, along with several new members making up a killer five-piece horn section.
Weather Report - Tale Spinnin' (1975) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016] Audio CD Layer

Weather Report - Tale Spinnin' (1975) Mastered by Kevin Gray, 2016
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 271 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 114 Mb | Scans included
Jazz Fusion | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ 248 | Time: 00:43:13

Recorded in early 1975, Tale Spinnin', Weather Report's fifth studio album is filled with sunny textures of Latin and African flavors. During the '60s and early '70s Weather Report began to move towards a more cosmopolitan groove, and a melding of song with jazz in new and refreshing ways. The recording stands with anything recorded during the so-called "jazz-rock fusion" era, if only on the basis of the range of fresh, intriguing originals by the band's co-founders and principle composers, the keyboardist Joe Zawinul and the saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Zawinul's pioneering interest in what we now call world music is more in evidence with the exotic percussion, wordless vocals, and sandy sound effects of "Badia," and his synthesizer sophistication is growing along with the available technology. Wayne Shorter's work on soprano sax is more animated than on their previous albums and Alphonso Johnson puts his melodic bass more to the fore.
Mel Torme - The London Sessions (1977) [Audio Fidelity 2002] PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Mel Tormé - The London Sessions (1977) [Audio Fidelity 2002]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:39 minutes | Scans included | 1,19 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 850 MB
Mastered by Steve Hoffman | Audio Fidelity # AFZ-002
Leon Russell - Leon Russell and the Shelter People (1971) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016]

Leon Russell - Leon Russell and the Shelter People (1971) Mastered by Kevin Gray, 2016
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 318 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 137 Mb | Scans included
Classic Rock, Rhythm & Blues | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ 259 | 00:53:40

Leon Russell's accolades are monumental in a number of categories, from songwriting (he wrote Joe Cocker's "Delta Lady") to session playing (with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, just to name a few) to his solo work. Unfortunately, it's the last category that never really attracted as much attention as it should have, despite a multitude of blues-based gospel recordings and piano-led, Southern-styled rock albums released throughout the 1970s. Leon Russell and the Shelter People is a prime example of Russell's instrumental dexterity and ability to produce some energetic rock & roll. Poignant and expressive tracks such as "Of Thee I Sing," "Home Sweet Oklahoma," and "She Smiles Like a River" all lay claim to Russell's soulful style and are clear-cut examples of the power that he musters through his spirited piano playing and his voice. His Dylan covers are just as strong, especially "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" and "It Takes a Lot to Laugh," while "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" and "It's a Hard Rain Gonna Fall" have him sounding so forceful, they could have been Russell's own.
Joe Cocker - Joe Cocker! (1969) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2017] Audio CD Layer

Joe Cocker - Joe Cocker! (1969) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2017]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 216 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 92 Mb | Scans included
Blues-Rock, Soul, Pop Rock | Label: Audio Fidelity, A&M | # AFZ 249 | Time: 00:35:23

Joe Cocker! is Joe Cocker's second studio album, released in November 1969. Following the template of his first LP, this album features numerous covers of songs originally performed by Bob Dylan ("Dear Landlord"), The Beatles ("She Came in Through the Bathroom Window" and "Something" - both released almost simultaneously with original versions; "Let It Be" was also recorded and released as a B-side), Leonard Cohen ("Bird on the Wire"), and future touring partner Leon Russell ("Delta Lady"). Cocker also co-wrote one song, "That's Your Business Now", Chris Stainton, who was also his writing partner in later years.
Blood, Sweat & Tears - Greatest Hits (1972) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016] Audio CD Layer

Blood, Sweat & Tears - Greatest Hits (1972) [Remastered 2016]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 253 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb | Scans included
Classic Rock, Jazz Rock | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ 241 | 00:41:15
Mastered by Steve Hoffman and Stephen Marsh

Sometimes, a greatest-hits set is timed perfectly to gather together a group's most successful and familiar performances just at the point when that group has passed the point of their maximum exposure to the public, but before the public memory has had a chance to fade. That was the case when Columbia Records assembled this compilation for release in early 1972. At that point, Blood, Sweat & Tears had released four albums and scored six Top 40 hits, each of which is heard here. But lead singer David Clayton-Thomas had just quit the group, so that the unit that recorded songs like "You've Made Me So Very Happy" was not working together anymore. And even when Clayton-Thomas returned, the band would continue to decline commercially. As such, BS&T's Greatest Hits captures the band's peak in 11 selections–seven singles chart entries, plus two album tracks from the celebrated debut album when Al Kooper helmed the group, and two more from the Grammy-winning multi-platinum second album.
Herbie Hancock - Thrust (1974) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016] Audio CD Layer

Herbie Hancock - Thrust (1974) [Mastered By Kevin Gray, 2016]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 108 Mb | Scans included
Fusion, Jazz-Funk | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ5 223 | Time: 00:38:54

The follow-up to the breakthrough Headhunters album was virtually as good as its wildly successful predecessor: an earthy, funky, yet often harmonically and rhythmically sophisticated tour de force. There is only one change in the Headhunters lineup – swapping drummer Harvey Mason for Mike Clark – and the switch results in grooves that are even more complex. Hancock continues to reach into the rapidly changing high-tech world for new sounds, most notably the metallic sheen of the then-new ARP string synthesizer which was already becoming a staple item on pop and jazz-rock records. Again, there are only four long tracks, three of which ("Palm Grease," "Actual Proof," "Spank-A-Lee") concentrate on the funk, with plenty of Hancock's wah-wah clavinet, synthesizer textures and effects, and electric piano ruminations that still venture beyond the outer limits of post-bop.
Earth, Wind & Fire - Head to the Sky (1973) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016] Audio CD Layer

Earth, Wind & Fire - Head to the Sky (1973) [Remastered 2016]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 208 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 104 Mb | Scans included
Funk, Soul, Jazz-Funk | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ5 236 | 00:37:02
Mastered by Stephen Marsh & Steve Hoffman

As phenomenally popular as Earth, Wind & Fire was from the mid-'70s to the early '80s, it's easy to forget that the band was hardly an overnight success. With Head to the Sky – EWF's fourth album overall, second with Philip Bailey, and second for Columbia – Maurice White's very spiritual and ambitious brand of soul and funk was starting to pay off commercially. The Latin-influenced "Evil" became the soulsters' biggest hit up to that point, and material ranging from the hauntingly pretty title song (which boasts one of Bailey's finest performances ever) to the jazz fusion gem "Zanzibar" is just as rewarding. The lineup White unveiled with Last Days and Time was working out beautifully; Bailey was clearly proving to be a major asset. Also worth noting is the presence of singer Jessica Cleaves, who left after this album and, several years later, resurfaced in George Clinton's eccentric female group the Brides of Funkenstein.
Bob Dylan - The Bootleg Series Vol. 6: Live 1964, Concert at Philharmonic Hall (2004) [Audio Fidelity Remastered 2016]

Bob Dylan - The Bootleg Series Vol. 6: Live 1964, Concert at Philharmonic Hall (2004)
Audio Fidelity 2016, Mastered By Stephen Marsh & Steve Hoffman, Audio CD Layer
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 528 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 237 Mb | Scans ~ 94 Mb
Singer/Songwriter, Folk, Folk Rock | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ5 230 | 01:43:51

The Bootleg Series Vol. 6: Bob Dylan Live 1964, Concert at Philharmonic Hall is a complete recording of Bob Dylan's October 31, 1964 "Halloween" show at New York's Philharmonic Hall. It was released in 2004. The set list was dominated by Dylan’s protest songs, including "The Times They Are a-Changin’," "A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall," and "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll". Joan Baez, a major supporter of Dylan's in his early career, duets with Dylan on three songs, as well as singing another alone ("Silver Dagger"). However, Dylan performed these songs alongside early versions of three songs from the soon-to-be-recorded Bringing It All Back Home. New compositions like "It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)" and "Mr. Tambourine Man" showed Dylan moving in a new direction, becoming more immersed in evocative, stream-of-consciousness lyrics and moving away from social, topical songwriting.